The amount of talent at the point guard position in the NBA’s Western Conference runs about a mile into the Earth. It is that deep. Seasoned veteran Tony Parker still is a guiding force for the San Antonio Spurs, Ty Lawson is having a remarkable year with the Denver Nuggets and Chris Paul, is leading the league in assists, averaging double-digits in that category per game.
All of these players make a great case to make have a starting spot in the 2014 All-Star Game, but Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry seems to be the likeliest for the job.Curry currently has the second most votes in the West and says he finds humility in potentially starting in the All-Star Game, according to Monte Pool of CSNBayArea.com.
“It’s humbling,” Curry said Monday. “It’s a very surreal situation. I try not to think about it too much, and hopefully have a reaction at the end of this whole process. But it’s definitely a blessing to have fans and people that notice what we’re trying to do here.”
The 25-year-old guard is sandwiched between Lakers’ Kobe Bryant, first place in All-Star Game fan voting, and Clippers’ Chris Paul. Both Los Angeles guards are recovering from injury for their respective teams and are doubtful to participate in the friendly game during the mid-season break, leaving the starting spot perfectly in the hands of Curry.
Although Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni says he is hopeful that Bryant will be back in action before the month ends and the 33-year-old guard just happens participate in the All-Star Game, he is more likely to start at two-guard, allowing Curry to still start at the point.
Being voted as a starting point guard would mark just how far the Warriors’ fifth-year point guard in the last three years. The beginning of his professional career was plagued with injuries that left him out of the game for long periods of time. Curry’s outstanding numbers this season in Golden State has not only strengthened his reputation as a dangerous scorer, but solidified his status as a deadly passer and a developing leader. The starting nod in the ASG would showcase the respect Curry has earned as player in the league.
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